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In focus: Joe Walsh

28 May 2015

mkdons.com takes a look at the career of Joe Walsh, who made his stay with the Dons permanent on Thursday.

Born in Cardiff, Walsh began his career with Swansea as a 15-year-old and in his first season at the Liberty Stadium, he helped the Under-18s to FAW Youth Cup glory.

Handed his first professional deal prior to the 2010/11 season, the defender then made his senior debut in a 3-0 victory over Barnet in August 2010. He would go on to make one further appearance for the Welsh outfit before joining Crawley Town in August 2012.

Walsh, who scored on his Reds debut, featured 35 times in his first season at Broadfield Stadium before adding a further 43 games and five goals to that total in 2013/14 – a season in which he was recognised by winning the Player of the Year honour.

Although losing his partner in central defence, McFadzean, to the Dons months before the start of the 2014/15 season, he continued to impress in Crawley’s back four and his excellent form saw him called into the Wales senior squad in October 2014.

Dons boss Robinson then made his move in March, securing Walsh’s services, initially on loan until the end of the campaign just gone.

He featured twice for the men from MK1, both as a starter, as they secured promotion to the Sky Bet Championship and now that his stay has been made permanent, he will no doubt be looking to add to that total this upcoming season.

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